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  • May 19, 2017 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    The Awards Committee met earlier this week to review essay submissions for the 2017 BOMA International EXPO Full-Ride Giveaway. While each of the candidates were certainly deserving and would represent BOMA/Suburban Chicago well, the winning candidate displayed his zest and enthusiasm for learning while applying that excitement to the day-to-day management of his building. 

    The winner of the Full-Ride Giveaway contest is Tom Noonan, Chief Engineer with Millbrook Properties. Tom will be going to Nashville in June! 

  • May 15, 2017 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    Start Planning for Your TOBY Application: 

    The TOBY Awards Program is cyclical and applications are not

     currently being accepted yet for the 2018 TOBY Awards, but that doesn't mean you and your team can't get started today.

     To get a head start on planning for your submission, take a look at the TOBY Awards At-a-Glance Planning Outline. This document lists the different categories in which you can best showcase your building, outlines the requirements needed for eligibility, and highlights the documents and materials you can start compiling today to get ready for your submission. 

    Ready to Make a Commitment:

    Once you've taken a look at the planning outline and have determined that you are on board to apply for the 2018 TOBY Awards, you can complete the Entry Intent Form and return it to Heather Woods to ensure we can prepare you for the upcoming submissions. 

    Got Questions? Learn from our Experts: 

    Whether you are undecided about entering for the 2018 TOBY Awards, or even if you know for sure that you'll be entering your property, you don't want to miss the 2018 TOBY Awards Q&A Workshop, which will take place on Tuesday, July 18 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. This workshop will be held at the BOMA Office in Schaumburg at 1515 E. Woodfield Rd., Suite 110, and will be facilitated by the Awards Committee members, past judges, and former entrants. You'll learn valuable information about what is required on the TOBY Application and how to stand out from the competition! All Regular member building representatives and management teams are welcome. Register today.  

    Contact Heather Woods with any questions about the TOBY Awards Program. 

    You are ready to apply for TOBY if you...

    • have an Emergency Preparedness Manual
    • have Energy Star® certification
    • offer tenant events in your building
    • hold blood drives or other charitable drives on your property
    • have a building automation system in place

    Many people think applying for the TOBY is too tedious, but the reality is, you're already doing what is required to win. If you start compiling your documentation early, you will already be ahead of the competition. So, get started today! 

  • May 11, 2017 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago is seeking submissions from Regular members to participate in BOMA International's 2017 Conference and EXPO, which takes place from June 24-27 in Nashville, TN. The winning entry will receive travel accommodations, as well as a paid conference registration, including the TOBY Awards Banquet, to enjoy the vast array of educational and networking opportunities BOMA International has to offer. 

    Why Attend the 2017 BOMA International Conference & EXPO?

    At the BOMA Conference you'll find inspiring keynote sessions, important networking events, along with a variety of targeted education sessions that offer fresh approaches, practical direction and tactical strategies for optimizing asset values, embedding sustainability initiatives into operational practices, honing leadership skills, cultivating next-generation talent, and much more! 

    All programs offered at the conference qualify for RPA, FMA, SMA, SMT, CPM, ARM, and CCM renewal and continuing professional development credits. Some sessions also qualify for the continuing education credits required for real estate license renewal in many U.S. states and Canada. Some sessions are approved for GBCI continuing education hours for LEED designations. Choose from over 40 expert-led sessions in the following educational tracks:

    The TOBY Awards Reception and Banquet, which honors the industry's most deserving owners and property management teams, is an elegant evening in which Regional TOBY winners are recognized for their achievement in front of colleagues and friends. The International TOBY winners will be announced for the first time, live at the event. Two of our very own BOMA member buildings - Windy Point II and Arboretum Lakes - will be in attendance and receiving recognition for winning the 2017 Regional TOBY Awards this year!  

    While you may be miles away from Chicago, you'll see some friendly faces if you attend the conference. Several of our vendors and members will be in attendance, along with BOMA staff. You will be sure to see someone you already know. In addition, all BOMA/Suburban Chicago members in attendance are invited to join us for dinner at a local restaurant on Monday, June 26

    Beautiful Nashville is located on the Cumberland River, creating a lovely scenic view. The downtown area features an assortment of entertainment, dining, cultural, and architectural attractions. Known as the center of country music, there are many places to catch a live performance. After packing in a full day of valuable professional development, why not venture out to experience the exciting nightlife of Nashville? 

    International Conference Full-Ride Criteria: 

    • Entrants must have never attended a BOMA International conference before
    • Entrants must be Regular members in good standing
    • Entrants must be actively engaged members in BOMA/Suburban Chicago as defined by at least one of the following:
      • Regularly attends Members Lunches or other BOMA events or program
      • Currently serves on a committee, task force, or shared interest group
      • Has earned or is currently seeking an RPA or FMA designation through BOMA/ BOMI educational offerings
    • Entrants must submit a 500 word explanation answering, "Why attending the Conference will benefit me and BOMA/Suburban Chicago..." to be considered for the International Conference Full-Ride Giveaway.

    The winner will receive:

    • Full conference registration: $695
    • TOBY Awards Program and Banquet: $155
    • Hotel: approximate value $1500
    • Travel: approximate value $500
    • Total approximate value: $2,850

    Submission deadline: May 12, 2017.

    Send essays to Heather Woods.

    The winning entry will be selected by the BOMA/Suburban Chicago Awards Committee.

  • May 01, 2017 10:34 AM | Anonymous


    Our website has received a complete makeover and you will benefit from the improvements we've made! Not only will users enjoy a new look and a more user-friendly experience, but members who log in will be able to access resources and content exclusively just for them. 

    Among some of the new features you'll be able to utilize:

    • A searchable membership directory
    • A member communications library, including past issues of Weekly Connections, BAM, FOCUS Newsletter, and The Commercial Voice Magazine
    • An events and education calendar
    • Event photos
    • Featured news items and announcements
    • And more! 


    Member representatives will be receiving a personalized, automated email on Monday, May 1 with their passwords to access the members-only portion of the website. Once logged into the website, users can change their passwords to something they can easily remember. 

    If at any time a user forgets their password, it can simply be reset through the website by selecting Forgot password on the login screen and following the instructions. BOMA staff can also reset user passwords, however, staff does not have access to passwords for security reasons. 


    This new website is sure to provide more value and enhance your overall membership experience. So, please take some time to get accustomed to the design. We think you're going to love the new look and features! If you have any questions or comments about the website, please contact Heather Woods.

  • April 22, 2017 9:08 AM | Michael Mulcrone (Administrator)

    Schaumburg, April 3, 2017… The North Central Region of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International recently announced the Regional level winners of The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award competition. BOMA/Suburban Chicago is proud to announce that two of their member buildings have won the Regional TOBY Award. 

    Windy Point II has been named the 2017 Regional TOBY Award winner for the 250,000-499,999 Square Feet Category. Windy Point II, located in Schaumburg, IL, is managed and owned by Piedmont Office Realty Trust

    Back row:
    Juan Morales, Day Porter
    Art Ramsay, Chief Building Engineer
    David Badame, Building Engineer
    Douglas Ahlgrim, Building Engineer
    Christopher J. Schmitt, Property Manager
    Wayne Tyler, Security Supervisor

    Front Row:
    Shivani Desai, Customer Service Coordinator
    Cheryl Dobbins, Senior Property Manager

    Arboretum Lakes has been named the 2017 Regional TOBY Award winner for the Suburban Office Park, Mid-Rise Category. Arboretum Lakes, located in Lisle, IL, is managed and owned by Millbrook Properties

    Back row:
    Rick Barnett, Director of Engineering
    Javier Rosado, Building Engineer
    Dan Ryan, General Manager
    Tim Julian, Building Engineer
    Keith Wilburn, Assistant Chief Engineer
    Brian Bueschel, Building Engineer

    Front Row:
    Karen Boyd, Assistant General Manager
    Jonathan Bernstein, Tenant Service Coordinator
    Not pictured: Mary Rakowski, Property Administrator

    The TOBY Awards is the most prestigious and comprehensive program of its kind in the commercial real estate industry, recognizing excellence in office buildings management and operations in specific categories of building size or type. To win the regional award, the office buildings first won at the local competition level.

    Regional winners will now proceed to the International competition where winners will be announced live on June 27 at the TOBY reception and banquet at the BOMA International 2017 Conference and EXPO in Nashville, TN.

  • April 17, 2017 10:31 AM | Michael Mulcrone (Administrator)

    As a reminder, our Associate Members can reserve their booth space for the 2018 EXPO (February 22, 2018 at Drury Lane) throughout the year.

    If you did not get a chance to reserve your booth at the Associates Spring Breakfast this week, please complete the Booth Reservation Form and return with a 50% non-refundable deposit to Linda Hallberg

    If you have any questions on this process at any time, please contact Linda Hallberg.

  • April 12, 2017 3:19 PM | Michael Mulcrone (Administrator)

    Save The Date - Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton.

    Invitations - The invitation for foursomes will go out in early April to all BOMA/Suburban Chicago members.

    Associate Member Hosts/Hostesses - Our Associate members will often ask you, a Regular member, to play in their foursome. In order to make the day a success, we strongly encourage Regular members to support and attend this event.  If you are invited, please accept the invitation!

    Do Not Cancel - If you accept the invitation, please do everything you can to attend on May 25th.  Your host/hostess has purchased a non-refundable ticket for you costing over $200. Cancellations can sometimes be filled, but there are no refunds. If you must cancel, please do so with ample warning so the empty slot may be filled.

    Not a golfer? - Regular members are reminded that the BOMA/Suburban Chicago Golf Outing is about having fun, enjoying the beautiful Cantigny course and networking with fellow members. Don't say "no" just because you are not ready for the pro tour! It is not about competition - It's about Fun!

    Waiting List - If you have an interest in playing, but have not received an invitation, feel free to let the BOMA/Suburban Chicago staff know. We will share those names with our Associate members.

    Another Golfer in your office? - If there is someone on your property team that loves to play golf, but isn't aware of this outing, please share this information with them. Property professionals only; No non-member vendors will be admitted.

    So, go ahead and dust off those golf clubs, accept an invitation from one our Associate members, then show up, and have a great time at the 2017 Golf Outing!

  • March 02, 2017 12:03 PM | Michael Mulcrone (Administrator)

    We have urgent information about proposed Senate Bill 9, currently being considered in the Illinois legislature.  

    • This bill contains an amendment that would impose a 6.25% service tax on all landscaping, snow removal services, and potentially other contracted building services.
    • This encompasses all types of landscaping services - tree care, lawn care, maintenance, design-build, and snow removal.
    • The increased tax on landscaping companies will likely be passed along to property owners and managers.
    • It is estimated that this bill could result in increased costs of 3-5 cents per square foot of a commercial building. 

    IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: BOMA/Suburban Chicago's Government Affairs Committee is actively working to oppose this legislation. As part of that effort, we are asking you to contact both your state senator and state representative and tell them you oppose the service tax on landscaping and snow removal services. If you do not know your state legislator, please look him/her up by zip code and address using the link below. 


    Below is a sample email text for your use...

    Dear _____________,

    I am a property owner/manager/facility manager of a commercial __________ building in the Chicago suburban area. Senate Bill 9 will be a huge detriment to my property's operating budget! I do not support this legislation and request that you vote against it.

    Thank you,

    ________ (your name)

    More information about Senate Bill 9

    If passed, this Bill could affect many types of services, including repair, cleaning, painting, towing, and pest control services. Many of the services in the Bill are represented by BOMA Associate members and, of course, they are services needed by Regular members. The proposed tax on these services would greatly impact Regular members and Associate members alike. Read more about how Senate Bill 9 Impacts BOMA Members.

  • March 01, 2017 12:36 PM | Michael Mulcrone (Administrator)

    When your office has an open position, the search can be daunting. We can help! BOMA/Suburban Chicago wants to remind you of two opportunities we provide to help you find potential employees:

    Resume Resource: We maintain current resumes of individuals interested in many types of positions, from property management to engineering.

    Posting the Position: Send us a brief job description and your contact information. We will post the job opening on the BOMA/Suburban Chicago website for 30 days.

    To submit your resume, visit our Career Center and download the Resume Release Form. Return the completed form, along with your resume, to the BOMA/Suburban Chicago office and rest assured that your information will remain confidential. You can also submit job descriptions or request resumes applicable to your job opening by contacting our office.

    The next time a personnel search comes your way, reach out to BOMA/Suburban Chicago! 

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